SciTech bulletin

Faculty Plenary

Don't forget to come along to the Faculty Plenary on Wednesday 12 November. Topics for discussion will include the administrative review and ways of improving communication and involvement among staff in the faculty.

The plenary will take place in Meeting Room 4 of the Conference Centre.

Christmas Conference

Why should scientists bother getting involved in public affairs? How can scientists change the terms of debates that they have an interest in?

Come and hear Peter Cotgreave, the Director of Public Affairs at the Royal Society speak at this year's Christmas Conference. Don't forget to keep Tuesday 16 December clear in your diaries!

Physics Lecture

A lecture entitled The music of life: the principles of systems biology will be given by Professor Denis Noble on Tuesday 11 November at 2pm in lecture theatre 3, Management School building. Denis Noble is co-Director of Computational Physiology at the University of Oxford.

All faculty members are welcome to attend.

Representatives on Committees

Policy and Resources Committee

Gail Neville from Engineering is declared elected to the role of non-academic representative on the Policy and Resources Committee.

Research staff representative for Research Committee

Nominations are invited for representation on the Research Committee. Nominations should be signed by a nominee and a seconder who must both themselves satisfy the criteria for eligibility. Nominations should comprise the name of the relevant committee together with a brief statement declaring that the person nominated is willing to stand. Please submit nominations to Lucy Thorne by Friday 7 November.

LU ResearchResearch Subscription Upgraded

Lancaster University subscribes to ResearchResearch, a research funding database and the world's leading publisher of news and information for the international research community. We have recently upgraded our university-wide subscription which now includes access to ResearchFortnight, a magazine that covers news on research policy and politics.

Access to is available from any PC on the university network and a link can be found on the Research Support office website. Staff are encouraged to obtain their own username and password (following the link from the ResearchResearch Lancaster page), which allows them to set up customised funding alerts on their own areas of research and subscribe to news alerts.

SciTech Grad School

There is a new course up on the RDP timetable. There will be a Scientific Writing Seminar led by Dr Mike Roberts on Friday 7 November.

The Endnote and LaTeX courses are both now fully booked. However, if you are interested in these courses please could you still book onto them - if demand is high enough extra sessions will be provided where possible.

Masters students are welcome to book onto the Using Library Databases Effectively for your Research course. If you know of any students who would be interested in this course please let them know.

Information about these and other RDP courses can be found on the faculty website.

News and Events

From LU and Faculty News:

Electronic Nose can sniff out Plant Disease

Environmental Scientists at Lancaster University have discovered that ‘electronic noses' can be used as a tool to diagnose diseased or damaged plants

InfoLab21 Launches JobShop To Transfer ICT Skills Across The Region

InfoLab21 has launched an online JobShop, which puts computer-savvy students and businesses in touch, keeping much-needed skills in the region

IDEAS at Daresbury

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, has visited Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus (Daresbury SIC) to launch a major collaboration between the Campus and its higher education stakeholders – Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester